Oh good lord
and now (2005)...
Photos taken from the great BBC coverage of the World Urban Forum in Vancouver.
A blog about the built environment: how, why and what we build and have built. And, maybe, what this says about us. Along the way: the suburbs, CBDs, new urbanism, architecture, eyes on the street, jane jacobs, edward glaeser, street life, diversity, mixed use... All from the perspective of a Canadian student, born of Dutch and American parents, (until recently)living for a year in Delft, The Netherlands. ... recently relocated to Toronto, Ontario.
Historically, no developer would touch economically distressed Rainier Valley (the location of the new rapid transit line): The last privately financed apartment building was built in 1974, according to the city.
With light rail and a beautified street on the horizon, that's likely to change, once the pioneers building complicated housing and retail projects demonstrate some success. [...]
"All it takes is for money to start coming into a neighborhood," [one neighbourhood resident] said, "and it's almost like an infection, the way it spreads."
While the exterior brick wrap is mean to the street, the interior of the new opera house is nothing short of triumphant [...]
A building is not a one-walled affair. And yet, from the outside, this is what we are expected to believe of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. So regular, so hard, so profane are the brick elevations running along Queen Stree West, Richmond Street and York Street in downtown Toronto that the building and its significance as Canada's first opera house disappear from civic consciousness. The monumental glass wall is an exhilarating addition to University Avenue, but it can hardly be expected to forgive all.
Once again, architect Jack Diamond has shown himself to be a master place maker. The Four Seasons Centre is designed more to be looked into and looked out of than merely to be looked at. It presents itself less as an object than the completion of a tableau that was scarcely detectable before it arrived. It is a hall rather than the palace our plutocrats once imagined - rigorously modest and, in the context of the four corners it completes, brilliantly evocaticve of this city's essentially civic spirit.
The province says cities — many of which are already choking on traffic congestion and have discovered how expensive it is to provide services to far-flung housing developments — want to make this work.
The province has a bag full of sticks and carrots just to make sure.
To start with, the province is vowing it will put its infrastructure money — $3 billion to $4 billion a year — only into communities reaching their targets.
Trends in housing purchases show people want other options besides surburban sprawl, Caplan said, pointing to Toronto real estate data showing half of new home sales are in high-rise condominiums.
Riggsbee, 18, a senior at Wakefield High School, lost control of the 1988 Honda she was driving about 2:30 a.m. April 25. [...] Riggsbee was the seventh Wakefield student to die in a car crash since late 2004.